Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Hometeam

Baseball: Jefferson tops Jesuit in extra innings

TAMPA — The difference between Jesuit and Jefferson on Tuesday night came down to a few little things, a few small details.

In the end, in fact, it was a bunt by Oscar Galvez with two outs in the eighth inning that made the ultimate difference.

Galvez laid down the bunt neatly and the Jefferson runner on third base, Ian Quelle, raced home. Jesuit's pitcher picked up the rolling ball, braced, but threw wide of his first baseman.

Quelle crossed the plate safely and Jefferson led 2-1, which ultimately would be the winning score, sending the Dragons to next Tuesday's Class 6A region final. Jesuit ended its season 19-10.

"We knew we had to do the little things well tonight to make it happen," Jefferson coach Pete Scaglione said. "We thought we had to play small ball, pitch well and play good defense."

Time and again, Jefferson (19-8) did all the above.

In the second inning, for instance, Jefferson shortstop Sal Vega made two bullet throws that cut down would-be Jesuit runners at home plate. On both plays, Jefferson catcher Charlie Welch made timely tags, particularly on the second play, which Welch described as, "Bang, bang. … I nicked (the runner's) heel, but I didn't know I had it until the umpire made his call."

On the plays, Vega said: "Each time I just got the ball, turned and fired. I just reacted."

Jefferson junior pitcher Mike Dominguez watched it all and felt a serious jolt of energy.

"My defense gives me such confidence," said Dominguez, who ended up throwing seven innings, scattering seven hits, walking none and striking out seven, including two key strikeouts in the bottom of the seventh with runners on first and second. "I felt good and strong all night (throwing 93 total pitches)."

Other defensive Jefferson gems?

How about Galvez's tipped diving grab of a liner in the seventh inning, which he quickly pounced on and threw out a runner at second.

Or in the sixth inning when Dragon rightfielder Robby Martin scooped up a line drive, then gunned down the Jesuit runner sprinting to first base for an out.

"So many great plays," Dominguez said. "My defense is awesome behind me."

The Dragon victory overshadowed a strong pitching performance by Jesuit's Jack Anderson, who threw seven innings, allowing six hits and striking out eight.

Comments
Area basketball coaches and alumni will play exhibition games Saturday night to benefit longtime coach Laurie Pacholke

Area basketball coaches and alumni will play exhibition games Saturday night to benefit longtime coach Laurie Pacholke

High school basketball coaches and alumni from Hillsborough and Pinellas counties will play charity basketball games Saturday night at Keswick Christian School in Seminole to benefit longtime girls basketball coach Laurie Pacholke, who has cancer. Th...
Published: 08/14/18
Former Lakewood star Shaquem Griffin impresses in NFL debut

Former Lakewood star Shaquem Griffin impresses in NFL debut

Six months ago, Shaquem Griffin was a longshot to make an NFL roster. He was a late invitee to the combine and was taken in the fifth round by the Seattle Seahawks, a move that reunited him with his twin brother, Shaquill.Now, Shaquem could be pushin...
Published: 08/10/18
Area stars shining as rookies in NFL training camps

Area stars shining as rookies in NFL training camps

The NFL draft was loaded with locals. Those former area standouts already are making an impression as rookies, so much that many have a legitimate chance to either start or have significant playing time this season.Mason Cole, a former star at East L...
Published: 08/07/18
Swimmers Melanie Margalis, Robert Finke eye 2020 Summer Olympics

Swimmers Melanie Margalis, Robert Finke eye 2020 Summer Olympics

Melanie Margalis already has won an Olympic gold medal. Robert Finke could be in contention for one in two years.The former Countryside standouts took the next step toward swimming in the 2020 Summer Olympics after making the USA team for the Pan Pac...
Published: 08/06/18
Three locals on FCS Walter Payton Award watch list

Three locals on FCS Walter Payton Award watch list

The Walter Payton Award, considered the Heisman Trophy of the Football Championship Series (Division I-AA), released its preseason watch list of players in contention.The list had a local flavor with three former area standouts mentioned: Tyrie Adams...
Published: 08/06/18
HomeTeam 100 football countdown: Players 11-20

HomeTeam 100 football countdown: Players 11-20

Our seventh annual countdown of the top 100 football players in Tampa Bay — consisting of athletes who attend a public or private school in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco or Hernando counties. Past performances — spanning the fall, spring ...
Published: 08/02/18
HomeTeam 100 football countdown: Players 21-30

HomeTeam 100 football countdown: Players 21-30

Our seventh annual countdown of the top 100 football players in Tampa Bay — consisting of athletes who attend a public or private school in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco or Hernando counties. Past performances — spanning the fall, spring ...
Published: 08/01/18
Gibbs names Ja’Vonta Trotter new head coach

Gibbs names Ja’Vonta Trotter new head coach

Gibbs ended its two-week search for a new head football coach on Tuesday when it announced Ja'Vonta Trotter would replace Antonio Knox. Trotter, 28, is a 2008 Boca Ciega grad who played wide receiver at Murray State. Most recently he was an assistant...
Published: 07/31/18
HomeTeam 100 football countdown: Players 31-40

HomeTeam 100 football countdown: Players 31-40

Our seventh annual countdown of the top 100 football players in Tampa Bay — consisting of athletes who attend a public or private school in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco or Hernando counties. Past performances — spanning the fall, spring ...
Published: 07/31/18
HomeTeam 100 football countdown: Players 41-50

HomeTeam 100 football countdown: Players 41-50

Our seventh annual countdown of the top 100 football players in Tampa Bay — consisting of athletes who attend a public or private school in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco or Hernando counties. Past performances — spanning the fall, spring ...
Updated one month ago